Thrill, honor and ‘dream come true’ for 2020 Oscar nominees


    Oscar nominees expressed a mixture of pride, gratitude and honor on Monday after being short-listed for the 2020 Academy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 9 in Hollywood.

    The following are some reactions – through statements, telephone calls and social media – to the nominations.

    Adam Driver, best actor nominee, “Marriage Story”

    “I’m honored and incredibly grateful to represent the people who made ‘Marriage Story,’ and to be included among a list of actors I greatly admire!”

    Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor nominee, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

    “This film in many ways is a tribute to all those who were a part of this industry. Cinema is, and continues to be a powerful form of free artistic expression. This film along with so many others this year were truly original and impactful. I hope, as we progress, we continue to see even more of them.”

    Joaquin Phoenix, best actor nominee, “Joker”

    “I feel honored and humbled to have been nominated by my fellow actors. The Academy’s encouragement helped ignite and sustain my career and I am incredibly grateful for that support.”

    Sam Mendes, best director, original screenplay nominee, “1917”

    “I couldn’t be more thrilled. This movie was a labour of love for many people – myself included – so to see it recognized in this way is very moving for all of us. I would like to thank the Academy on behalf of my fellow producers, and on behalf of every single person who put their heart and soul into this film.”

    Martin Scorsese, best director nominee, “The Irishman”

    “I’m honored that our work on ‘The Irishman’ has been honored by the Academy with these nominations. We put all of ourselves into this picture, a true labor of love, and to be recognized in this way means a great deal to all of us.”

    Laura Dern, best supporting actress nominee, “Marriage Story”

    “It is such an honor to be acknowledged by one’s peers in this extraordinary way. I am so proud of the brilliant writing, directing and the magnificent cast of ‘Marriage Story.’”

    Tom Hanks, best supporting actor nominee, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

    “I’m honored to be included with the caliber of actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. It will be a grand night.”

    Robert De Niro, (producer) best picture nominee, “The Irishman”

    “Bringing ‘The Irishman’ to the screen was a twelve-year saga which I wanted to make with my friends and work again with Marty (Scorsese), Joe (Pesci) and Al (Pacino). … It’s great that the picture has been embraced by audiences and is now getting this recognition from the Academy.”

    Cynthia Erivo, best actress nominee and best original song, “Harriet”

    “To receive two Oscar nominations for a film paying tribute to Harriet Tubman, a person whose heart and spirit are the embodiment of courage, makes this morning’s news beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This is more than a dream come true … being asked to co-write and perform the song in the film was the icing on an already wonderful cake.”
    Saoirse Ronan, best actress nominee, “Little Women”

    “I’m just so thrilled that our ‘Little Women’ has been recognized by the Academy. Greta (Gerwig) made something so special that I’m just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for.”

    Former President Barack Obama, best documentary feature nominee, “American Factory”
    “Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for best documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with (our production company) Higher Ground.”

    Kathy Bates, best supporting actress nominee, “Richard Jewell”

    “I am very proud of this film and it was truly an honor to work with the legendary Clint Eastwood on bringing the truth of Richard Jewell to light … My hope is that this film brings the justice and peace Richard and Bobi Jewell deserve by shining a light on their story and his heroism.” – Reuters